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Astronauts on space shuttle get wake-up call from Captain Kirk

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Crew's on-board space shuttle missions frequently get pieces of songs played for them as a “wake-up call,” and occasionally they get a special treat. Lately, the team of the Space Shuttle Discovery got just such a call from Captain Kirk. William Shatner recorded a custom monologue to go with the theme from the original series of “Star Trek,” which NASA played for the astronauts. However, the mission will come to a bittersweet end as this is the last mission for the shuttle Discovery. Post resource - Space shuttle crew gets wake-up call from Captain Kirk by Newsytype.com.



'These are the voyages of the Shuttle Discovery'



The team on-board the Space Shuttle Discovery received a unique wake-up call from Earth while on a mission to the International Space Station, in accordance with CNN. At 3:23 a.m. on March 7, Discovery received a broadcast from Houston featuring the voice of William Shatner reading the famous monologue from the opening credits of the first "Star Trek" television series. The monologue, read by "Captain Kirk" himself, had the first theme music with some alternate words to fit the occasion:



"Space, the final frontier. These have been the voyages of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Her 30 year mission: to seek out new science. To build new outposts. To bring nations together in the final frontier. To boldly go, and do, what no spacecraft has done before."



Tune came from competition at NASA



When astronauts are orbiting, a NASA Tune Contest is completed so that songs could be picked by the public for a “wake up call” for the astronauts. Almost every NASA quest in history has had a “wake up” tune played. Typically the NASA officials or family members of the astronauts picked the songs out though. Original music was submitted while individuals could also vote on popular songs when the voting started many years back. The theme to "Star Trek" has been on the list for a long time, and William Shatner and Patrick Stewart have both contributed custom versions of the "Star Trek" monologue. There has already been voting for the next mission. On April 19, the STS-134 will launch.



Forget about Discovery



This is the final mission that Discovery will go on. It has worked hard a long. Discovery and the team of Shuttle Quest STS-133 will land at Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, March 9, and the spacecraft will be retired. In April and July, two more shuttle missions have been scheduled and could be the last flights the Endeavour and Atlantis go on, states the Washington Times. While NASA works on other spacecrafts, the space flight will only be done with “space ferry” crafts that private corporations build and operate after the shuttles are completed.



Citations



CNN



cnn.com/2011/US/03/07/nasa.shuttle/index.html?hpt=T2



NASA Song Contest



songcontest.nasa.gov/home.aspx



History of NASA Wake up Songs



History.nasa.gov/wakeup calls.pdf



Washington Times



washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/7/space-shuttle-discovery-heads-home-to-retirement/?page=1